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Starkville schools to shop top job, starting Sept. 12

Posted 7/13/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- School officials set Sept. 12 as the date to begin advertising for a new superintendent for the Starkville School District, with the position closing Oct. 31.


Board gives green light to updated plan for Buffalo Wild Wings, condominiums

Posted 7/13/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday unanimously approved final plat revisions for the site of Buffalo Wild Wings and University Club Condominiums.


St. John to testify Thursday at officers' hearing

Posted 7/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The schedules of Civil Service commissioners have aligned, just in time for a Thursday hearing on the appeals of two Columbus police officers.



Show me the money: Columbus schools to test teacher incentives

Posted 7/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Teachers at two city schools may see a little extra money on their paychecks this year thanks to a pilot program, which will explore the link between teacher performance and student achievement. Columbus city school board members learned more about the Performance-Based Compensation System at Monday night's board meeting.


Lowndes Republicans host meet and greet

Posted 7/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was a Republican pep rally during lunch at the Holiday Inn in Columbus on Tuesday. Candidates for state and local offices made their appeals for votes, while others just made appearances, at the Lowndes County Republican Women meeting.

Adopt-A-family program offers help rebuilding homes in storm-ravaged areas

Posted 7/12/2011 in Area

Mississippi churches are "adopting" storm-impacted families through a grassroots, interfaith initiative for a year-long journey of faith, partnership and recovery.

Election Profile: Oktibbeha District 1 Constable

Posted 7/12/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Ruby Shurden, an employee with the Starkville Police Department, stepped up to complete her husband's term as District 1 Constable when he died in April. Now six candidates have their eyes on the position with hopes to begin their own long term run as District 1 Constable.

Columbus man shot to death

Posted 7/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 35-year-old Columbus man was shot and killed by at least one masked man late Monday in his College Street home, according to police.


New CHS principal outlines concerns with school

Posted 7/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city schools won't reopen until Aug. 8, but new Columbus High School Principal Scott Hallmark has been busy crunching data and crafting a list of goals and priorities.


Columbus police chief suspended

Posted 7/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police Chief Joseph St. John was placed on paid, administrative leave Monday pending a formal performance review by the City Council at its July 19 meeting.


Lowndes County man recovering slowly after being pulled from car fire

Posted 7/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Mickey Brislin saw smoke off Matson Road Sunday, his first thought was that someone had lit a fire -- not that someone was on fire.



Interview with Mickey Brislin, who now is a local hero

Posted 7/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County



Lowndes County schools pass $50M budget, avoid raising taxes

Posted 7/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County


New Oktibbeha County schools offices to open soon

STARKVILLE -- The Oktibbeha County School District is about to have a downtown address when it begins operations out of its new Main Street building.


Unified Mississippi University for Women alumni group holds first retreat

Posted 7/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County



Running of the Bulldogs: Bulldog fans flock to Cotton District for festivities


Residents, business owners gear up to contest Columbus' annexation plan

Posted 7/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the city moves forward with annexation plans, business and home owners are settling in for a legal battle that could take years to resolve.

Still in the race: Al Schmidt's life saved by quick action of an athletic trainer

STARKVILLE -- Al Schmidt is still trying to forget May 12. It was a hot and sunny afternoon, typical for the opening day of the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Seconds after a heat of the decathlons' 400 meters, Schmidt, the director of Mississippi State University track and field, felt dizzy. A shortness of breath followed.

Starkville's Melby sisters featured in '1861 Project'

It's been a long time since Hannah and Caroline Melby were a "sister act" -- since their days as youngsters singing in church, harmonizing with dad, Pete, and mom, Cindy, at the piano.

Lowndes County tries to put sale of health department on the fast track

Posted 7/8/2011 in Business

Lowndes County is turning to private Realtors to sell the old Lowndes County Health Department on Military Road.


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